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"concept GTR" dash build-up...Fie Ro style! ;) by Fie Ro
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...some feedback from combining some ideas in photoshop.... this is still fun! :

I own page 3/4/5 ! lol...must be posting too much

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hopefully tomorrow I'll get the cluster in the mail.....!
did some more photoshopping:

..got a few other ideas too...

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some more sketching on the doorskin

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Got some mail and did a comparison mockup:

That looks quite cool on the butchered dash of my daily driver

the size is quite close to the stock cluster, about an inch can be easily chopped from the TT front if needed

Heres the challenge: wiring from the fiero cluster connector to the green and blue connectors on this one...

I got some instructions how to wire it to a VW Golf3, it identifies most of the pins (in german) but I will need more info! I hope you guys can help me out with this...

- I need a pinout diagram of the fiero cluster connector. My haynes doesnt help
- a pinout of the numbering on the audi TT cluster connectors.. (without CAN bus)

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one more picture:

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Your second photoshop rendering is absolutely killer...that perforated material looks very cool and would work well with satin finish aluminum and carbon fiber. Keep it coming!

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Just a thought.
Make a conversion wiring diagram for those whom may want to use that cluster it will make life so easy for the diy...

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Hope this helps:

I don't think these are the absolute reerence, but it's a start

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Thanks, that already helps a bit.
 
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Just a thought.
Make a conversion wiring diagram for those whom may want to use that cluster it will make life so easy for the diy...

I sure will do that if I can get it to work! I already share every little thing I am doing....
I took my spare fierocluster to look how to do the new setup. The housing of the fierocluster is actually the connector itself.So if I can mount and wire the TT cluster into the old case it would be a drop-in replacement for a stock cluster....this looks like the best solution for now...


The odometer has it own connector:

last one of the "digital" version


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had a thought on this.. you mentioned audi swaps to VW's does that mean the VW clusters are cheap? and could be swapped to a fiero?

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Yes many VW's share the "same" cluster, audi TT and Golf4 interchange.....I got some pinouts today from someone from a UK TT forum....oh well heres his mail:
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Roderick,

While nothing is impossible I think you are underestimating the complexity
of what you are trying to do...Your biggest problem will be to disable the
immobilizer chip - which wont be easy as the immobilizer code must tie up
with the code read by the transponder off a key, so unless you have the
matching key you will need to get one (and the matching barrel) and somehow
persuade an Audi dealer to recode the pod to the key...which he wont do
unless its in a car.. I ahve heard of a (dubious) organisation that claims
to be able to do the recodes independently of Audi but have no idea who they
are. Unless the immobilzer is disabled the pod will not function
sufficiently to be useful... you cant see the key and barrel in my pic...

Secondly, once you managed the above problem, the pod then looks for the
engine management system over the high-speed CANBus (even the early ones
with no 'Comfort' CANBus still do this). If it can't find it then various
alarms go off... and the pod disables many functions and the DIS will show
an DEF warning although the basics are usable...

For speedo and rev counter you will need to supply pulses at the appropriate
rate, pulse width, voltage and shape... 1 pulse per mph and 1 pulse per rev

For temp and fuel gauges you will need to provide appropriate variable
resistances to sensor ground and calibrate them, mimicing the TT's temp and
fuel senders

Anyhow, here are the pinouts and other info you may find useful... good luck

Irving...
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Now I only want use the speedo/tacho/coolant temp/fuel level gauges and turn lights/warning lights so I hope I can work around all the digital stuff..the connector itself has individual pins for the input of the above....the trick is to make them function right

does this match up with the fiero?:
For speedo and rev counter you will need to supply pulses at the appropriate
rate, pulse width, voltage and shape... 1 pulse per mph and 1 pulse per rev

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hmm ok - sound slike I'll be rearanging the fiero cluster with a custom faceplate after all..

just seems so much easier to design a laminat faceplate that changes the apearance of the dash while using the stock mechanicals after rearanging them.

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this was a VERY rough thing i tossed together with mspaint to show what I had in mind not too long ago

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v435/kohburn/rearanged-cluster.jpg

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You might be able to pull it off with most of the stock faces and a custom bezel...a quick idea:


Most of the stock gauges are standalone units, only the rally gauges share 1 printplate... You might need to hack that one when getting these gauges closer together if you want to fit all of them in the stock size cluster space

I am slowly moving on with the TT cluster, splicing and cutting of an old scsi cable...taking my time for all this before I loose track...

Got some things going but since its cold outside I played with the doorskin thingie too..so far...

would like some polished doorhandles too...
hope you still enjoy it....

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I like that layout, the only change I would make is to swap the tack and speedo. It always seemed to me that the tach should be the more prominant of the two.

Awesome work!

JazzMan

yeah I haven't gotten around to reduing it at home with my image files for the 150mph speedo

but I plan to increase the diameter of the center guage.. and I'm also thinking about flipping the extra guages to the right side.. we'll see

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..I want to keep the equal left/right sized speedo/tach orientation like the stock fiero setup. Its hard to find a nice aftermarket set of those gauges, usually most tachs are big standalone units. thats why I try this audi dash thingie first.If it doesnt work with all the digital ssht inside I might just mockup the fierogauges and use the TT's faceplate and bezel...I like a "balanced" look..

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like this?

i'm thinking more enlarged center tach

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no, more like this

Do you really want the volts/oilpressure in there? Could do something like this otherwise (with your big tach setup)...

..hey its been a great shopping day today! : first bought myself an engine and 10 minutes ago I got my switches and pushbuttons delivered!

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Do you really want the volts/oilpressure in there? Could do something like this otherwise (with your big tach setup)...

..hey its been a great shopping day today! : first bought myself an engine and 10 minutes ago I got my switches and pushbuttons delivered!

ooh pretty..

true about the guage layout - not sure just yet how I want to lay it out. i'll work on it

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Really nice work Fie Ro! You have some amazing wood(and other material)working skills!
Can't wait to see your stuff done!

My gauge setup is similar to what you posted...

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Hi Joe,
Your dash buildup has been quite some inspiration for mine, thanks! Made me decide to use wood instead of foam...
Havent seen updates on yours lately, or did I missed it? Are you still doing a 3D kind of gauges setup?....I really liked that one!

-edit: forgot to say this looks really cool!!!! Have you built it yet?
 
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Hehe...me an inspiration? Thanks!!
MDF is my friend!!

This is how I left it in the fall. I'm taking all the boards off the guages and using just the center gizmos(what are they called?!). Since they have threaded terminals it will be really easy to use ring terminals and nuts...and the boards have just about everything labels so its so easy.

Needles will be repainted blue, I have lots of EL material laying around and I will make my own EL guage faces, in blue, to look like the VWs.
I am using the entire AUX panel though, that will get mounted behind everything.
The biggest thing for me was the visibility of all the gauges behind the wheel. It's pretty good...note that the camera lens makes everything look even more visible though. I have 2 notches with the steering column where all guages are visible from my seating position. Unless you place the outside ones lower(doesn't look good to me) it's hard to fit them all in there.

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Hehe...me an inspiration? Thanks!!
MDF is my friend!!

This is how I left it in the fall. I'm taking all the boards off the guages and using just the center gizmos(what are they called?!). Since they have threaded terminals it will be really easy to use ring terminals and nuts...and the boards have just about everything labels so its so easy.

Needles will be repainted blue, I have lots of EL material laying around and I will make my own EL guage faces, in blue, to look like the VWs.
I am using the entire AUX panel though, that will get mounted behind everything.
The biggest thing for me was the visibility of all the gauges behind the wheel. It's pretty good...note that the camera lens makes everything look even more visible though. I have 2 notches with the steering column where all guages are visible from my seating position. Unless you place the outside ones lower(doesn't look good to me) it's hard to fit them all in there.

VW guages, blue needles, looks like you beat me to it - I hadn't though of eliminating the odo/trip odo though...

my guage inspiration is a little more from the new subaru legacy gt though..

my interior will come later but will share similarity to both of you

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These are soo bad for my sick brain..........!!
yes the stock units offer many posibilities.....hmmm... never GETTING finished this way..!

...got these rocker switches because I thought they were cool (kinda works like a zippo) but I found an application for them now; NOS steering, you will loose weight from obsolete steering wheel/column/rack....and 10hp extra with sticker lol

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I guess your car is designed to be a wheel stander then - using nos instead of brakes to stear

I like aircraft style switches (but i work with em all the time since I am part of a team that builds military flight simulators)
they do seem to be a bit overdone by the import crowd around here - i suspect your use will be very tasteful tho

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well I played a bit with them tonight....some zippo tricks (I never had one lol)...yeah they look too "´mportant", its just a switch...! But I guess they look best on a horizontal surface...and.. got some ideas coming
The pushbuttons will work for the mirrors/decklid up/manual headlights down (a common fiero mod) but I will need those extra ..switches for the headlights and extra lighting I guess..I figure some lineing up with the shifter ring rounding...I should try a photoshop if I dont fall asleep.

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Good to see posting these little things always gives some nice feedback that makes you think about things you havent thought about .. so I played with the switches placement..ended up with this PS so far...a bit crowded but fully armed

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I am sorry.. But I just hate you.. lol looks amazing yet again! hurry up and finish though!

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last one...might try something like this one of these days....

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well I played a bit with them tonight....some zippo tricks (I never had one lol)...yeah they look too "´mportant", its just a switch...! But I guess they look best on a horizontal surface...and.. got some ideas coming
The pushbuttons will work for the mirrors/decklid up/manual headlights down (a common fiero mod) but I will need those extra ..switches for the headlights and extra lighting I guess..I figure some lineing up with the shifter ring rounding...I should try a photoshop if I dont fall asleep.

I think they look best on a non-horizontal surface

either on a \-

or on an overhead /-

but thats how i'm used to seeing them in aircraft

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well I figured the only suitable place is to mount them somewhere in here...

..but I am thinking of getting them recessed in there with a little slope at the top....these are some sketches, I have loads of these for any part I am doing...will be working on it later, I'll do a seperate mockup for this experiment...

Despite the freezing weather I got some little things going....cleaned up the garage and rearanged it so my new engine will fit in there too!
Midconsole mockup, for a perfect fit I'll have to remove the window buttons, but I was there to take some measurements for the sub and rally gauges so its a bit rough/lazy.


It feels the armrest is a little higher than stock, since my long arms and a midconsole sub need to work together, and from experience with my current sub setup I'll take that info into the game....
...several pieces of wood and some clamps are usefull for every jig anytime....getting the startingpoint for the rallygauges going:

anyway, Ive got a new little friend

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good to see you making progress. Have you thought about eliminating the original skeleton so you could narrow/blend your center consoleto end in front of the shifter more organically? If I ever get to doing something like this I'd like to pretty much steal your shape for the upper part of the console and subwoofer idea but maybe make the lower section wrap around the shifter also narrowing as it goes from the back to the front. Maybe eliminate having the stereo/hvac section being part of it or bring that into it as a distinctly seperate transition so there is still room for the cabling that goes thru that area. I can't draw worth a squat in 'paint' but I may see if I can snag one of your photos to draw some lines across to get the idea.

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yeah I think I understand what you mean....theres a lot of space indeed around the shifter area esp. when youre a non-smoker in the car ....however I committed to stay quite close to the original dimensions and fitment so I leave the original bracket in place. but theres enough space between shifter and midcluster to make some recessed cupholders if you wanted to...! I'll use a little of that space to mount the rockerswitches almost an inch lower.....theres sooo much you can do

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sent you an email with a picture... not bad for a first shot at editing a photo in Paint of all programs. Oh... I think putting the switches with covers on the console is a bad idea ergonomicly... in front of shifter they would be hard to access and behind it they might get hit driving by accident. I'd integrate them into a roof console or into the dash.

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sent you an email with a picture... not bad for a first shot at editing a photo in Paint of all programs. Oh... I think putting the switches with covers on the console is a bad idea ergonomicly... in front of shifter they would be hard to access and behind it they might get hit driving by accident. I'd integrate them into a roof console or into the dash.

I cant check email before tomorrow, I hope it looks good

...Now thats 2 votes against my rocker switch setup.....thanks for the feedback...lol, so lets see what we can do. I want the dash kinda clean so the roofconsole looks like a nice option.... I am redoing it anyway for the leds.


I'll try a mockup tomorrow...

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i really like scott-wa's roof console idea! cool place for em. and those lights will look good too!

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console needs a repaint and an aluminium bezel but this setup will work! thnx Scott-wa.

Finally got the rallygauges shipped across the ocean...oilpressure/volts/boost (I replaced watertemp with boost when I knew I was close to my SC purchase ) testing the volts gauge:

with 7 colors to choose from it wont be hard to match them to the final interior.....nice gauges.

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